I am so excited to launch the Crew Shorts & Trousers! I originally designed the Crew pattern to pair with the Victory Tank and wore my outfit to a dear friend’s rehearsal dinner in May. Today I’m happy to have them both in the Chalk and Notch library to share with you! I wanted to design a pant pattern that could be styled both casual and dressy. I hope you love making and wearing your Crews!

To prove how these patterns were made for each other, Meg of MEGMADESEWING is looking fantastic in her Victory + Crew ensemble!
Fabric || red linen for the Crew Trousers & hot pink silk for the Victory Tank

The Crew Pattern will be on SALE through Tuesday, October 15th. No coupon code needed.


The Crew Pattern is a high-waisted pleated short and trouser with an optional waist tie and belt loops. The Shorts have a relaxed leg and the Trousers have a tapered leg.

The pattern is listed as ADVANCED BEGINNER sewing level. The most challenging sewing steps are: sewing darts, sewing pleats, and inserting the lapped zipper. These steps are not difficult, but they may be a new skill to learn. There are detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions to help you along the way, and if you’d like more help, the Chalk and Notch Patterns Facebook Group is a great place to get support. Many of the testers are members there, so you have great resources if you ever need them.

Body Measurements

It is very common to fall across a few different sizes. Use the body measurements in the chart below to determine your size. The thigh measurement is measured 2” (5 cm) from the top of your leg and will let you know if you need to make any adjustments in the leg width.

Garment Measurements

Use the garment measurement chart to review the intended amount of ease included in the pattern and to review the length inseam and rise lengths.

The Crew Shorts have a 3.5” (9 cm) inseam and a relaxed leg. The Crew Trousers finish at ankle length with a 27 1/2” (70 cm) inseam and a tapered leg. 

This style is designed to have 1/2” (1.2 cm) of ease through the waist, 7.5” (19 cm) of ease through the hips, 4” (10 cm) of ease through the shorts thigh, and 3” (7.5 cm) of ease through the trouser thigh. 


Fabric || Washed Linen in Dusty Jade from Blackbird Fabrics


There are basic custom fitting adjustments included in the pattern, but I have also put together a post with more details here. During testing, I have addressed a variety of custom fitting questions. I hope you find all of the information you need to fit your Crew! If you need additional help or have questions, please feel free to email me or join the Chalk and Notch Patterns Facebook Group – I’m always happy to hear from you!

Fabric || Rayon Chambray from La Mercerie


Main Fabric

This style is designed for a medium weight woven fabric with nice drape; 5 to 7 oz weight is recommended. Rayon Crepe, Linen/Linen Blends, Tencel Twill, Silk/Linen Noil, Wool Crepe

Lining Fabric

Lightweight lining is recommended for your pocket bags to reduce bulk. If your main fabric is lightweight, you can use it for the lining.


  • 3/4  yard of Tricot fusible interfacing or lightweight fusible interfacing
  • #3, 9” (23 cm) Coil Zipper
  • 2 – 1/2” (1.2 cm) Buttons (or Skirt Hook & Eye)
  • Safety Pin or Turning Tool
  • Tailor’s Chalk or Washable Fabric Marker

Fabric || Sulb Linen Blend in Rose from Style Maker Fabrics


As always we had a wonderful testing team! I never require styled photos as part of the test, but many sent over photos to share. I know it can be helpful to see a pattern on a variety of people using different fabrics, plus I always love to see how people style their Crew. I’ll be posting a round-up of all of the testers who submitted photos soon.

I’d love to see what you come up with, so if you share your makes, please tag @chalkandnotch and use the hashtags #crewshortspattern #crewtrouserspattern #chalkandnotchpatterns so I can see your creations.

Thanks for checking out the new Crew Shorts & Trouser Pattern!

XO, Gabriela